Photography, Politics

Election Night with Jared Polis

Jared speaking at the Democratic Election Party in Denver, Colorado.

On Tuesday, Jared, his staff, friends, and family, finally saw the ultimate result of their hard work and sacrifices for the past year and a half as he was elected to serve in the United States House of Representatives next year. Jared won by a convincing margin, 60% to 36%, over his primary opponent, Scott Starin.

Before heading to downtown Denver for the Democratic Election Party at the Sheraton Hotel, we stopped by a couple of election watch parties in and around Boulder County. Everyone was fired up as the early results displayed on the TV showed a decisive blue shift in Colorado and national politics. I can only imagine the somber and sad scene at some of the Republican watch parties; in most races, they really got pounded. As Jared was introduced, I saw a different Jared than I have seen over the past week. Instead of calm, cerberal Jared, he transformed into a motivational leader, rousing the group assembled at Woodies restaurant with an exciting speech of hope and change. That was a small hint of what was to come when he was introduced as the new Congressman-elect of Colorado’s District 2 at the Sheraton Hotel.

Jared’s staff and family were hanging out in the restaurant and a suite in the Crowne Plaza. Jared stopped by the suite and popped the cork off a new bottle of vintage Jared Polis 2008. I met Jared’s brother, Jorian, after what must have been 15 years; he had grown so tall in the intervening years while I have stayed the same height! I was looking through my senior yearbook the other day, and I noticed that those who were pre-schoolers when I was a senior would have graduated from college this past year!

After spending some time in Jared’s suite, we headed a few blocks over to the Sheraton. Our entourage made its way backstage, stopping several times as people came up to Jared to congratulate him. This would be a common occurrence throughout the evening!

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Cannon Mine Coffee House in Lafayette

Jared at the Cannon Mine Coffee House in Lafayette, Colorado

The Jared Polis train continues to run. This evening, he attended another meet the constituents session at the Cannon Mine Coffee House in Lafayette, Colorado. There were over a dozen prospective constituents present at the meeting and they had their share of questions, including those on the feasibility of a single payer healthcare system in CO, a plan for getting out of and stabilizing Iraq, and the successor to the No Child Left Behind educational program.

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Jared Polis at the Atlanta Bread Company

Jared Polis for Congress

The evening after we arrived in Denver, Colorado, Rae and I attended a meeting with Jared Polis at the Atlanta Bread Company restaurant in Northglenn. As I wrote in my previous entry, Jared is running for Congress this year. We’ve known each other since middle school in San Diego, and I’ve always known that he would one day be running for political office. So, I’m fortunate that I have the opportunity to accompany him during the final week of his Congressional campaign.

Here are some photos from tonight’s events. More to come as we march towards November 4, 2008!

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